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Planning your next date night can seem like a daunting task. In the Windy City, couples are surrounded by an overwhelming number of unique and fun-filled date options, and with so many choices, it can be tempting to throw in the towel and opt for the standard dinner and a movie. Avoid taking the easy way out, and try one of these full-proof date night options:

Plan a progressive dinner
Today’s progressive dinner represents a chance for you to take full control over your dining experience and try multiple restaurants in one evening. Peruse a list of top Chicago establishments, and then pick your favorites for your appetizer, dinner and dessert courses. Plenty of pre-selected and themed food outings are also available, like this Chicago pizza tour.

Head outside
For an extra fun date night, get your heart pumping in the winter air with a day on the slopes. Drive just outside the city to enjoy skiing or snowboarding at Villa Olivia or Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports. If you desire a more relaxed outdoor adventure, try snowshoeing at The Morton Arboretum, just 25 miles west of Chicago.

Build your own brewery or distillery tour
If a craft beer or classy cocktail is more your style, plan a day with your special someone to visit top breweries or distilleries in the city. On the brew side,Haymarket Pub & Brewery in the West Loop is a sure bet, while Chicago Distilling Co. in Logan Square proves to be a must-see with their samples of vodka, white whiskey and gin.

Take a cooking class
Cooking as a couple can both satisfy your stomach and tug on your heart strings as you work together to create a mouth-watering dish. Find a cooking class at popular establishments like The Wooden Spoon or The Chopping Block that matches your taste in food. Don’t forget to don an apron for a photo op before kicking off your meal.

Hit the bowling alley
When’s the last time you tied the laces on vintage bowling shoes and aimed for a strike? Head to a bowling alley for you next date night and engage in some friendly competition. 10pin in Marina City takes bowling to the next level with a sophisticated lounge vibe, while no-frills Waveland Bowl boasts the most lanes in Chicago.